How to Buy the 'Mambacita' Nike Kobe 8 Protro

The new colorway drops in May to celebrate Gigi Bryant's 18th birthday.

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Nike Basketball will continue to honor the late Gianna "Gigi" Bryant with an upcoming Kobe release. Following the "Mambacita Sweet 16" Kobe 6 last year and the "Mambacita" Kobe 4 in May, a Gigi-themed Kobe 8 Protro coming soon.

Newly leaked images from @thesolechaserz on Instagram show that the "Mambacita" Kobe 8 will sport a simple black and white color scheme inspired by the Mamba and Mambacita Sports Foundation’s jerseys. Unlike the previous iterations, the upper of this upcoming pair is covered in butterfly graphics, with gold accents on the Swoosh and tongue. "Gigi" is stamped on the left heel, while her jersey number is printed on the right shoe.

Despite images of the sneaker surfacing, release details for the "Mambacita" Kobe 8 Protro have yet to be announced by the brand. According to @zSneakerheadz on Instagram, the style is expected to drop in May 2024. Check back soon for official updates.

UPDATE (04/18): Official images of the "Mambacita" Kobe 8 Protro have emerged. As of now, the new colorway is expected to be released on May 1 in honor of Gigi's birthday.

UPDATE (04/26): Nike has confirmed that the "Mambacita" Kobe 8 Protro will be released on May 1 via SNKRS for $190 to celebrate what would have been Gigi's 18th birthday. The brand also confirmed that proceeds will benefit the Mamba and Mambacita Sports Foundation.